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Market Commentary: CBOT Trade Reflects Long Term Bearish Outlook

The CBOT started the week on a bearish note with expectations for strong planting progress across the U.S. and sluggish demand weighing on markets. Friday’s CFTC report that showed continued fund short selling in major ag commodities also helped keep markets on the defensive to start the week. Dryness is still an issue for parts of the Eastern Corn Belt with little or no rain realized over the weekend and another dry week forecast, but traders seem to be getting more comfortable with this early-season dryness that usually doesn’t impact corn or soybean yields. Amid large U.S. acreages, competition from Brazil, and few weather issues in major global crop growing regions, the long-term outlook for ag commodities remains lower, a v...

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Market Commentary: Corn, Soy Post Turnaround; Hog Selloff Continues; Cattle Shrug Off COF Report

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Update for 1 April 2024: Last year, users pointed out differences between the 5-year averages reported in this app and what USDA estimates in its weekly report. The difference exists because WPI calculates average based on the last 5 years of observations for the current week. In cases where ob...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

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Regional Updates MEDITERRANEAN/MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA/AFRICA – MEA REGION Iran’s wheat production is forecast by the FAO to be at 13.5 MMT out of total grain production of 19.8 MMT, including rice. Iran’s total grain imports are seen as reaching 14.9 MMT. Iran’s govern...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary: Corn, Soy Post Turnaround; Hog Selloff Continues; Cattle Shrug Off COF Report

Trade at the CBOT was dynamic and interesting on Monday with early-day weakness sending wheat, corn, and soybeans all to fresh lows while late-day short-covering and buying pulled the latter two markets higher. Soybeans scored double-digit gains for the day while the corn market could only mana...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

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